Oswald Tippo, a former provost and botany professor at the University of Massachusetts and the first chancellor there, died on June 10 at a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif. He was 87 and lived in Amherst. He was in Santa Barbara for a grandchild's wedding.
He was provost from 1964 until becoming chancellor in 1970, serving one year. He was later named Commonwealth Professor of Botany and taught until retiring in 1982.
Dr. Tippo, a native of Milo, Me., graduated in 1932 from Massachusetts State College, which later became the University of Massachusetts. He received a master's degree in 1933 and a Ph.D. in 1937 from Harvard University. He joined the botany department of the University of Illinois, where he later was chairman of the department, chairman of the division of biological sciences and dean of the graduate school.
In 1955, he was appointed Eaton Professor of Botany at Yale University. Five years later, he became provost at the University of Colorado. In 1963, he was named executive dean of arts and sciences at New York University.
Dr. Tippo was the author, with H. J. Fuller, of a widely used text, ''College Botany'' (Henry Holt and Company 1949). He was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Botanical Society of America, serving as its president in 1955.
He is survived by his wife, Emmie, a son, Denis, of Avon, Conn., a brother, Edward Tippo of Walpole, Mass., four grandchildren, and four step-grandchildren.Continue reading the main story
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